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I've been interested in who was going to purchase the resort after a couple of newspaper articles kept saying a sale was imminent. I did a search today to try see if anyone "pulled the trigger" and a search result gave a link to the Union Democrat, but the page was not found. Does anyone know who bought Bear Valley? And is this good for the resort? 

 

I went there a few weeks ago on a drive through the Sierra's, and admittedly it needs a few coats of paint and a lot of updating, but the place looks like it has a lot of potential. Anyone know the history of the property? Looks like a decent place to ski, but probably gets overshadowed by Kirkwood and Heavenly - the two closest major resorts.   

 

Thanks!

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It's still up in the air according to the locals at bear valley wiki leaks on facebook
They will open in December according to the site
Last year they almost didn't make it
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I've been interested in who was going to purchase the resort after a couple of newspaper articles kept saying a sale was imminent. I did a search today to try see if anyone "pulled the trigger" and a search result gave a link to the Union Democrat, but the page was not found. Does anyone know who bought Bear Valley? And is this good for the resort? 

 

I went there a few weeks ago on a drive through the Sierra's, and admittedly it needs a few coats of paint and a lot of updating, but the place looks like it has a lot of potential. Anyone know the history of the property? Looks like a decent place to ski, but probably gets overshadowed by Kirkwood and Heavenly - the two closest major resorts.   

 

Thanks!

I ski there once or twice a year, and have several friends from the Bay area who own homes near Arnold.  It is hard for some smaller hills to make money without some kind of development (real estate sales), and getting all the approvals seemed to be a problem (for a while).  Bear Valley, (where you can ski the lower section and see no one else) and Dodge Ridge (no pond, no snowmaking) serve a purpose even if the skiing snobs look down on these hills.  The problem is that there is little local money and most skiers from the Bay area find the seasons pass deals in Lake Tahoe hard to pass up.

 

The history is VERY interesting because of the names that you will recognize going back to early California history: http://www.bearvalley.com/the-mountain/about-bear-valley/mtn-history/  The Grizzlies are long gone but Black bears and wildlife abounds in the Stanislaus. 

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The deal fell through but BV will still open.

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A grass roots organisation has started to look at acquiring Bear.

 

Some of the 'brains trust' behind the project have succssfully partnered towns and skiers to own and run hills as co-ops, so if you want to follow their progres here is a link to their facebook page.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/254483068043828/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

 

Also there's a meteting on:

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    Our Exploratory Committee and Advisory Team invites you to this important event where we will present a summary of the research we have done over the last month. We will cover different community ownership options and a recommended framework for moving forward. We will also be on hand to answer your questions about this important initiative. Please join us. Seating will be limited so come early.The Sky High bar will be open early so please enjoy a beverage before the meeting. We will start promptly @ 4 and adjourn on time so you can have a great day outside and on the mountain and a great evening with friends and family...Bear Valley Style
3 Bear Valley Rd, Bear Valley, California 95223
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